The 2010 action crime thriller “Snabba Cash” from Nordisk Film was directed by Daniel Espinosa with the screenplay written by Maria Karlsson based on the novel by Jens Lapidus. Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin, Dragomir Mrsic, Mahmut Suvakci, Jones Danko, Lea Stojanov, Dejan Cukic, Miodrag Stojanovic, Joel Spira, Christian Hillborg, Annika Ryberg Whittembury, Fares Fares, Hamdisa Causevic, Sasa Petrovic and Lisa Henni.
Based on the best selling novel in Sweden, the story revolves around Johan ‘JW’ Westlund (Joel Kinnaman), a young man who would never be suspected of being a drug runner. He doesn’t look tough or have a criminal record, and appears as though he doesn’t even know how to fight. JW looks great in a business suit, and would probably do very well in business, but the money is just not enough. All of this makes him the perfect man for Abdel Karim (Mahmut Suvakci) and Jorge, (Matias Padin) two of the largest cocaine dealers in the city.
Although JW is in “the life” he doesn’t really comprehend it, he’s green and it’s very apparent. A few people try to warn him to “stick to his own kind” but the easy money, beautiful women and life of luxury proves to be irresistible. The cocaine trade in the city is ruthless and the organization behind it unforgiving. Behind the door where the glamorous people hang-out, the exclusive night clubs with the best food and drink, the cocaine is everywhere and so is the violence.
The easy money and the drugs that lead the way to it means more than life to most of the people that JW meets as he handles business for his employer, he is exposed to life and death situations; where trust doesn’t exist and he could possibly be killed-that’s how high the stakes are.
The other side of the story is about the people who get strung out, no money to buy the cocaine so they are often subjected to physical violence. And then there are the ones who are left behind when death takes the people that they love.
A few months ago JW didn’t even know that some of the things he has seen existed. When a dispute leads to an ambush on his employer, the reality of the life he is leading begins to sink in. Now he is facing the truth of the cost of easy money, and doubts very seriously if he will get out of his job alive.